Rainforest Birds and Herps of Honduras Photo Workshop

Vermiculated Screech Owls The photo workshop will include in-depth, hands-on photo instruction as we photograph reptiles and amphibians, flowers, butterflies and birds. We will spend time in blinds experiencing a photographing with special set-ups for hummingbirds in the gardens and around feeders. Landscape photography will also be explored as will photoshop skills and image workflow.

The ‘ultra-luxury’ Pico Bonito Lodge is one of Central America’s hottest new rainforest destinations, a paradise that’s home to half of Honduras’s 700 bird species—from the endangered and endemic Honduran Emerald hummingbird to the uncommon Keel-billed Motmot to the beautiful, brilliant blue Lovely Cotinga. This trip will be based at the lodge for the full trip, with day-trips to other great photo locations, plus and optional extension Cayos Cochinos, small islands in the Caribbean. Special Lodge Amenities: With a swimming pool in the garden and available in-room massage (additional fee) and a spa, this could be the perfect getaway for a non-photographer companion as well!

Situated between two fast-moving rivers—the Coloradito and the Corinto—the luxury lodge nestles in the lap of Pico Bonito National Park, where 270,000 acres of tropical rainforest rise from near sea level to the 8,000-foot peak that gives the park its name. Much of this land is unexplored and unexploited. Jaguars and Pumas still hunt here as howler monkeys roar to proclaim their territory.


The Caribbean extension will take us to Cayos Cochinos for two nights to enjoy snorkeling/underwater photography, island culture and more wildlife!


  • Workshop Cost
  • 8-days/7-nights or 11-days/10-nights


    2015 Cost - Photographers

    8-day trip :: $3500 per person from San Pedro Sula, per person, double occupancy.

    11-day trip :: $4750 per person from San Pedro Sula, per person, double occupancy.


    2014 Cost - Non-photographer companion/spouse sharing room with full-price photographer.

    8-day trip :: $2600 per person from San Pedro Sula, sharing with full-price photographer.

    11-day trip :: $3600 per person, sharing with full-price photographer.


    NOTE: Non-photographer companions will not be joining the photographers on the photo day-trips/excursions (hence the discount cost). During the time at Pico Bonito and in the Caribbean, however, they will have access to all the lodge amenities  at Pico Bonito (some with added charges, such as massages and the spa) and will certainly have the option to snorkel while in the Caribbean.


    Full payment required 120 days prior to departure date.

    Price based on double occupancy. If a single room is preferred, a single supplement fee of $600 will be assessed for the 8-day tour and $780 for the 11-day tour.


    Cost Includes

    All lodging, meals, instructions, guide fees, ground transportation, airport transfers.

    Note: Non-photographr companions will not participate in any of the photo workshop opportunities, but they will have a lodge guide to take them on their own excursions.


    Cost does not include

    International airfare, passport fees, visa fees, airport taxes, laundry, phone calls or anything of a personal nature or not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary.

  • Itinerary
  • Brief Itinerary (including pre-trip extension)

    EXT 1: Arrive and transfer to La Ceiba

    EXT 2: Depart for Cayos Cochinos by boat

    EXT 3: All-day at Cayos Cochinos

    Day 1: Arrive and transfer to Pico Bonito

    Day 2: Trails and blinds for birds and wildlife

    Day 3: Hummingbirds, reptiles and amphibians

    Day 4: Waterfalls, forest and macro

    Day 5: Morning mangrove boat - Afternoon at Lodge

    Day 6 : Botanical Gardens

    Day 7: Explore the lodge grounds

    Day 8: Return home.


    Detailed itinerary


    EXT 1: Arrive and transfer to La Ceiba

    Those doing the pre-trip extension will transfer to a hotel on the mainland for the first night.

    EXT 2: Depart for Cayos Cochinos by boat

    Early morning transfer to Cayos Cochinos by boat. We will enjoy a fantastic excursion 14 miles across the Caribbean to our hotel, the Turtle Bay Eco-Resort. From here, our boat will take us to several islands in the area to enjoy wildlife, snorkeling and local culture.


    Night photography will include star trails and other long-exposure techniques.

    EXT 3: All-day at Cayos Cochinos 

    Today we will re-visit and explore outlying islands and communities as well as enjoy some fantastic snorkeling along the reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world!


    Night photography will again include fun techniques for painting with light, star trails and more.


    Day 1 - Arrival in Honduras

    Arrive San Pedro Sula; transfer to Pico Bonito Lodge

    Evening discussion and orientation to our trip.


    Day 2 - At the Lodge

    Exploring the property around Pico Bonito. Several well-maintained trails start from behind the pool, one of them leading to an impressive canopy tower only ten minutes away. As canopy towers go, this is one of the easiest to climb as it is located on a slope overlooking a forested valley. Large enough for the whole group and offers canopy views as well as a piece of the river below. We'll watch for perched and soaring raptors including White Hawk and Bat Falcon and scan the treetops for the turquoise of a male Lovely Cotinga.

    Evening discussion and instruction.


    Day 3 - Lodge grounds

    Today we will work on photographing hummingbirds in the morning and the afternoon we will have incredible opportunities photographing snakes, lizards, frogs and more!

    Evening discussion and instruction.


    Day 4 - Lodge grounds

    This morning we will concentrate on scenery... especially the waterfalls and forest trails! Afternoon we will work on macro of flowers, insects and more.

    Evening discussion and instruction.


    Day 5 - Lodge grounds

    Today we will concentrate on hummingbirds in the morning and butterflies in the afternoon.

    Evening discussion and instruction.


    Day 6 - Mangrove Boat Trip

    This morning we will explore the mangroves of Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge. This refuge holds many species of birds plus American Crocodiles, White-faced Monkeys, Howler Monkeys and many more surprises.


    In the afternoon we will work on more subjects around the lodge as well as computer workflow and image editing.


    Day 7 - Lodge grounds

    Today will be used to re-examine/re-visit our best photo opportunities of the week as well as more workflow and editing.


    Day 8 - Return Home

    Depart for our return home...

  • Accommodations
  • Pico Bonito Lodge

    The porch at Pico Bonito LodgeAdventure, nature, and luxurious comfort surrounded by 400 acres of tropical wilderness, one of Central America's largest unexplored rainforests. These forests are home to over 420 species of birds plus many tropical amphibians and mammals such as kinkajous, peccaries, coatis, monkeys, tyras and jaguars.


    Room at Pico Bonito LodgeCabins are approximately 400 square feet with private bathroom with shower, louvered and screened windows, two ceiling fans, and private veranda with hammock. Cabins also have a CD player, alarm clock and coffee maker with Honduran organic coffee. Outlets are 110v.